Read Mindjack's Daily Relay
tracking trends and developments
in digital culture

home | archives | about us | feedback

Monday, June 13, 2005

You Will Be Amalgamated
The two biggest theatre chains in Canada, Famous Players and Cineplex Galaxy, are merging. I know, you're asking, "What happened to Cineplex Odeon?" Well, it was blended a couple of years ago with Galaxy Entertainment.

So, now there is only one major theatre chain left in this country. The need for independent theatres has never been more pressing. These organizations do exist (they usually market themselves as "film clubs", and require a small membership fee), but they're essentially the only way anyone in this country is going to be able to see anything other than the major Hollywood dreck.

Case and point: I live in a small town, and we have one theatre with five cinemas. At the moment, there are essentially no films there worth seeing (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith excepted, of course), nor are there likely to be. They systematically avoid playing any movies for "grown-ups" and instead play whatever garbage the marketing machine forces down the pipeline. It was three months before they finally consented to showing "Farenheit 9/11" last year, and there were many other good films (with built-in politically/artistically-minded adult audiences) that they pass on.

I fear this kind of thing will happen more and more often, so get out there and start your own film clubs before it's too late. One last reasont to fear corporate control over film: when's the last time you saw a Canadian movie in a Canadian cinema?

I rest my case.
:: posted by Ian Dawe, 6/13/2005 Comments (2)
Links to this post

2 Comments:

At 1:26 AM, Devon said...

That's a shame competition always seems good for anything.

The small town you're talking about wouldn't be Fort St. John perhaps? We just got a new 5 screen theater here and I remember waiting at least 3 months to see Fahrenheit 9/11 last year. Guess the same probably goes for a lot of smaller Canadian towns though.

 
At 3:43 PM, Roy Geebiv said...

Hmmm... sounds like, if you put together a marketing scheme, and found some investers, you could make a mint, given this built-in artistic minded audiences all over Canada. So why don't you do it? What are you waiting for?

 

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home

Subscribe to our RSS feed:
Subscribe with Bloglines

REVIEWS & FEATURES

 

Your Ad Here

More from Mindjack:

weblog:
Daily Relay

Tracking trends and developments in digital culture

shop:
T-Shirts
Mugs
Support Mindjack

Google
Web
Mindjack

Mindjack Release
Sign up to receive details of new issues


Archives prior to April, 2005 are from Donald Melanson's personal film blog.

Links

Blogs
Roger Avary
Bitter Cinema
Cinematical
Cinema Minima
Film Journey
Filmmaker Mag Blog
A Girl and a Gun
GreenCine Daily
Filmjourney
harrylimetheme
Indie Film Blog
IFC Blog
Like Anna Karina's Sweater
Masters of Cinema
Reel Reviews Podcast
Twitch
Wiley Wiggins

Film Criticism and Theory
James Beradinelli
Bright Lights Film Journal
Combustible Celluloid
Dual Lens
Roger Ebert
European Films
The Film Journal
Images
Jim's Film Website
Guardian Unlimited Film
Long Pauses
Metaphilm
Milk Plus
The New York Times
The New Yorker
Not Coming to a Theatre Near You
Reverse Shot
Jonathan Rosembaum
Salon A&E
Senses of Cinema
Slant Magazine
The Stranger
Strictly Film School
The Village Voice

Movie News
Ain't It Cool News
Movie City News
Dark Horizons
The Movie Blog
Cinema Confidential
IndieWire
Coming Soon

DVD News & Reviews
The Digital Bits
DVDAnswers
DVDBeaver
DVDFile
DVD Journal
DVDTalk
DVD Times
DVD Verdict

Print Magazines
Cinema Scope
Film Comment
Independent Film Quarterly
Inside Film
Movie Maker
Premeire
Sight & Sound
Total Film
Uncut
Vertigo

IMDb Search